1988

Steve Red­grave wins gold at the Seoul Olympics, the first WSB sea­son is too close to call and Ed­die Law­son rules

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The Seoul Olympics were com­ing to end and Team GB man­aged a fairly measly 24 medals in to­tal – with just five golds. Un­less you count the men’s hockey team’s suc­cess as 11! In Rio 2016, Team GB took 67 gongs in to­tal with 27 golds, so all of those Na­tional Lot­tery tick­ets have ob­vi­ously made us a faster and fit­ter na­tion!

Joey Dun­lop had started to re­ally es­tab­lish him­self as a TT star with three wins in 1988, tak­ing his tally

‘Ed­mond­son crashed heav­ily but re­mounted and bravely limped home se­cond-to-last’

to 13 and the WSB cham­pi­onship was hav­ing a stel­lar first sea­son as Amer­i­can Fred Merkel bat­tled hard with Ital­ian Fabrizio Pirovana for the in­au­gu­ral ti­tle.

The Honda CBR600 ruled the roads but light­weight, lit­tle two-strokes like the Yamaha TZR250 were still caus­ing a stink!

DISASTER STRIKES ED­MOND­SON

Paul Ed­mond­son went into the fi­nal day of the In­ter­na­tional Six Days En­duro in France lead­ing and de­ter­mined to take the 125 ti­tle in style. But dur­ing an MX el­e­ment of the test, he crashed heav­ily and suf­fered se­vere con­cus­sion. He bravely re­mounted and limped home se­cond-to-last, but he dropped to third over­all. Ed­mond­son, 19 at the time, went on to win four world en­duro ti­tles and 16 ISDE gold medals.

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